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2008 Watch

Setting aside for a moment the fact that a GOP presidential straw poll right now is virtually meaningless, the big news from yesterday’s straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference isn’t that Bill Frist won–he had a huge home-field advantage, with something like half of the attendees coming from Tennessee–but that Mitt Romney came in second, beating George Allen. The silver lining for Allen is that among Frist voters, he was the preferred second choice. Rudy Giuliani had a very poor showing overall (for what it’s worth, barring another large terrorist attack, I doubt seriously that he will run in 2008). Lots more chatter about the straw poll over at Red State.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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